5th Swindon Boys' Brigade marks half century with parade and historical exhibition

By Barrie Hudson - 29 May 2024

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  • An image of members from 1983

    An image of members from 1983

The 5th Swindon Boys' Brigade marked its 50th anniversary with a celebratory church parade and historical exhibition at Stratton St. Margaret Church.

The occasion brought together friends from the neighbouring Gloucestershire Battalion, which the Swindon Company has been part of since the Wiltshire group closed in 2009.
The church parade featured a variety of engaging items including sketches, prayers, and the singing of the well-known Boys' Brigade hymn, "Will Your Anchor Hold."
Organisers said the event highlighted the strong sense of community and tradition that has been a hallmark of The Boys' Brigade.
A historical display, curated by Dr. Chris Spackman from The Boys' Brigade Archive Trust, was set up to showcase several items of interest from the history of The Boys' Brigade in Swindon. The exhibition offered a fascinating glimpse into the rich heritage of the organisation.
Company Captain Teresa Daglish said: "It has been an incredible journey over the past 50 years. This celebration is a testament to the dedication of our volunteers, members, and supporters. 
"We're honoured to share our history and achievements with the local community."
In addition to the festivities, the 5th Swindon have released a commemorative book and badge to mark their anniversary. These items, which are almost sold out, have been very popular among those looking to cherish and support the legacy of The Boys' Brigade.
Further information about the 5th Swindon can be found at facebook.com/5thSwindonBB

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